Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is government funding that is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to raise their attainment and narrow the gap between themselves and their peers. Since all evidence indicates that poverty is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances, we at St. Matthew's pride ourselves on utilising the PPG to ensure that these children benefit from the same opportunities as those from less deprived families.
Funding for Pupil Premium
Schools currently receive £1,320 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
Schools currently receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:
- Has been looked after for 1 day or more
- Was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
- A special guardianship order
- A residence order
Schools also currently receive £300.00 for pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of child pension from the Ministry of Defence
How can the school make use of the PPG?
Schools are free to spend the PPG as they see fit, however, they will be held accountable for how they have used the funding to support pupils from low-income families. At St. Matthew’s we have a Pupil Premium Coordinator who oversees and monitors the support and assesses the impact for our Pupil Premium children.
How do we spend the PPG?
At St. Matthew’s we look at how the money is best spent by considering the individual needs of each child. Our key aim is to provide support for priority groups or individuals in Literacy and maths and to ensure full engagement within school life. Due to limited funding and resources, not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one time. Provision may not be directed towards children who have funding from other sources.
The range of provision the Governors may consider could include:
- 1-1 support.
- Small group work.
- Additional teaching and learning opportunities.
- Resources for both underachieving and more able pupils to use at school and at home.
- Breakfast/after school facilities.
- Opportunities for participation in a range of sports.
- Parent workshops.
Monitoring of Impact of PPG
Tracking of progress over time for each pupil is thorough. We use Raise Online, Phonics, EYFS SMIFs (Local education authority data summary) as well as whole school data to evaluate impact in terms of attainment and progress. From this we identify any dips or ‘gaps’ and develop appropriate strategies and interventions to promote improvement.